Eli Segal

Eli Segal

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4239    Fax: 215.981.4750

segale@pepperlaw.com

Media matters in which Mr. Segal has participated have included the following:

  • representation of a media coalition, including Philadelphia Media Network, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, LNP Media Group, PA Media Group, WHYY, and the locally owned Philadelphia NBC and Telemundo stations, in successful effort seeking public release of grand jury report about sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses
  • representation of former Major League Baseball special counsel John Dowd in a defamation suit filed against him by Pete Rose, based on comments by Dowd in a sports radio interview
  • representation of the owner of The Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Daily News, and philly.com in former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl Greene’s defamation, invasion of privacy, and commercial disparagement suit, based on seventeen articles and editorials  
  • representation of a media coalition, including Philadelphia Media Network, LNP Media Group, and WHYY, in successful effort to gain access to juror names, in camera filings and transcripts from in camera hearings in Bill Cosby criminal trial
  • representation of journalists and formerly incarcerated community leaders in successful challenge to constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act, which had permitted courts to enjoin and penalize speech that caused crime victims mental anguish
  • representation of Digital First Media in successfully opposing prior restraint against publication of a legally obtained child protection complaint
  • representation of Digital First Media in defending against defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful death lawsuit based on reporting in The Trentonian about an investigation of a police officer for sexual misconduct
  • representation of a subpoenaed reporter in the investigation and prosecution of former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane for leaking grand jury information
  • representation of Tribune Publishing Co. and Daily News L.P. in defending against a defamation, invasion of privacy, and right of publicity lawsuit based on a New York Daily News article about a club featured in “The Sopranos”
  • representation of a newspaper and website owner, editors, reporter and cartoonist in a defamation and invasion of privacy suit by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and his wife, based on three articles and an editorial cartoon
  • representation of the owner of The Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Daily News, and philly.com in successful effort to gain access to transcripts of in camera questioning regarding potential juror misconduct in corruption prosecution of former congressman Chaka Fattah
  • representation of owner and publisher of three Lancaster-based newspapers (Lancaster New EraIntelligencer Journal, and Sunday News) and several editors and reporters, in former Lancaster County commissioner Molly Henderson’s defamation and invasion of privacy suit, based on nineteen articles, editorials and letters to the editor 
  • representation of journalists in efforts to obtain government records under the Freedom of Information Act, Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law and New Jersey Open Public Records Act
  • representation of website owner in connection with subpoenas for identifying information about anonymous posters
  • pre-publication counseling of media companies.

Other litigation matters in which Mr. Segal has participated have included the following:

  • representation of management consulting company in breach of fiduciary duty action
  • representation of universities in lawsuits challenging outcomes of, and procedures followed in, internal disciplinary proceedings
  • representation of CEO and directors in post-merger fiduciary duty actions
  • representation of university in lawsuit challenging potential disposition of university-owned property
  • representation of biotechnology company in RICO and fiduciary duty action
  • representation of shareholder of closely held corporation in arbitration of buyout dispute
  • representation of hospital system in False Claims Act suit
  • representation of trust in dispute over control of investment company
  • representation of estate in dispute over ownership of Stradivarius violin
  • representation of valve manufacturer in trademark and know-how license dispute
  • representation of two Capper-Volstead cooperatives and a trade association in multiple class and individual actions alleging supply restriction scheme by egg industry
  • representation of fiber-optic infrastructure company in post-acquisition dispute involving breach of contract and fraud claims
  • representation of IT company, its president and CEO and a former executive in independent contractor’s tortious interference, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress suit
  • representation of IT company in a customer’s breach of contract, fraud and deceptive trade practices suit
  • representation of sellers in real estate dispute involving unfair trade practice and negligent misrepresentation claims.

Pro bono matters in which Mr. Segal has participated have included the following:

  • co-authored Pennsylvania Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of American Bar Association in support of recognition of cause of action to challenge inadequate public defender resources
  • co-authored Third Circuit amicus brief on behalf of Society for Photographic Education in support of recognition of First Amendment right to photograph police
  • served as co-lead trial counsel in civil rights suit against Philadelphia police, through Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel program
  • co-authored Ninth Circuit amicus brief on behalf of California Council on Science and Technology in support of University of California admissions policies
  • represented witness sued for defamation for speaking with the police.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2007, executive editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • B.A., Religious Studies, cum laude, with distinction, Yale University, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Clerkships

  • Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell: U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Philadelphia, PA

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